President's Obamacare Vow Returns to Haunt Him

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President Barack Obama is under fire for his vow that Americans who were satisfied with their current health care plans would be able to keep them under Obamacare.

Now lawmakers from both parties are stepping in to see that the president's promise is kept. Two measures are in the works that would allow consumers to keep their coverage if they like it.

Meanwhile, the health care law has also become a key issue in the Virginia governor race. Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is highlighting its flaws.

"Biggest disaster to ever happen to this country!" he said. "It was a disaster from day one."

Fauquier County voter Bruce Raich agreed.

"It's a great driving force because I think Obamacare needs to be resisted as much as it can be," he said.

With Obamacare's reputation on the line, both the president and vice president are fighting hard for Cuccinelli's opponent, Terry McAuliffe. They told Virginia voters that no vote should be taken for granted.

"The other side will generate every single solitary Tea Party sympathizer in this state. They will show up. So it's all up to you," Vice President Joe Biden said.

But Obama himself is not popular at the moment, with the Obamacare controversy creating political fallout for the president and the Democratic Party.

According to the latest Gallup survey, the president has a 53 percent disapproval rating. Only 40 percent approve of his job performance.

And in Washington, some critics are stepping up their attacks on the president. Marc A. Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote a stinging reproach in the Washington Post:

"The president said, 'If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan.' Period... This was a premeditated deception. This wasn't something Obama ad-libbed. It was a line in a presidential speech that was carefully reviewed by the entire White House senior staff.

"Obama's own advisers told the Wall Street Journal that they knew those 16 words were untrue, but Obama kept on saying them -- over and over and over again."

"If that's the case, then Obama didn't misspeak. He lied."

Meanwhile, Obama continues to defend his health care law, saying the people who have gotten cancellation notices were often getting very bad deals. But some of those people disagree.

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